Saturday, July 30, 2011

Mongolian housing

Many people in Mongolia live in Gers. They are kind of like a teepee. They are warm in the winter with the stove in the middle so many people move into them then so they don't have to heat there small home if they have one. The one we went into out at a garden project had a TV and a computer inside.A family of 5 lived in this one.

Mongolia or Montana

Landing in Ulaanbaatar,Mongolia is rolling green hills and a small airport. As you drive into the city there are billboards along the road and it kind of reminded me of Montana. We were there during there big celebration of the year so they had a parade and everyone was dressed in there native dress. Each region had different outfits so it was interesting to see all the different native dresses. The First picture is Chingis Khan, definitely the most revered Mongolian.

Birthday in Beijing

As we went through immigration into China in Beijing the immigration officer while looking at my passport said in broken English "it is your birthday" and smiled. What a warm welcome to China!! We never went on Tienanmen Square but walked by and went into the Garden at the Forbidden City. We were looking for a certain tree where the Land of China was dedicated for the gospel.

Temple of Heaven - Beijing

During the month of July the Area Presidency return to the USA for home leave. It allowed us some time to complete some of the responsibilities of the welfare couple. We traveled to Ho Chi Men to train Elder and Sister Blinn and Mongolia to train the Richardson's. The only way to get to Mongolia was via Beijing or Korea. We choose China. We had about 15 hours to see a couple of sites in the city. Elder and Sister Crook acted as tour guides at the "The Temple of Heaven". This was created by an Emperor which allowed him to perform animal sacrifices in pursuit of heaven.
Notice the similarities to what we believe. Notice the use of "threes". Everything counted in threes. You will also the reference to a white God.

As you can see Kelly stands in the center of this large area on a large round stone, faces east and her voice will be seven times louder. It didn't work for her.

Sun, moon and stars comes to mind.

In this area the round wall would create an echo that would allow one's voice to carry around the entire courtyard.

Upon further discussion with Elder and Sister Crook we found that they entered mission presidents training the same year my parents were headed for the Philippines. It is a small world.